Transfer News – Munster Rugby building for next season with contract extensions and new signings

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Updated: March 3, 2017
Munster Rugby

Munster Rugby and the IRFU recently confirmed that Dave Kilcoyne, Niall Scannell, Rory Scannell, Tyler Bleyendaal, Duncan Williams and Darren Sweetnam have all signed contract extensions, while Chris Farrell, JJ Hanrahan and James Hart will join the province for the 2017-18 season.

The incoming Irish trio of Chris Farrell, JJ Hanrahan and James Hart have signed two-year contracts with the southern province.  Farrell and Harte will make the move from their respective Top 14 sides, Grenoble and Racing 92, while Hanrahan will return home after two seasons with Premiership outfit Northampton Saints.

23 year old Farrell is in his third season with Grenoble where he has made 70 appearances, scoring 10 tries. A former Ireland U20s player, the Belfast-born centre first played his professional rugby with Ulster.

Currently with Racing 92, scrumhalf Hart has made 12 appearances this season, his most recent as a replacement in Saturday’s Champions Cup encounter at Thomond Park.  Before joining the Parisian club the 25 year old played his rugby with Farrell at Grenoble, making 60 appearances.

Kerry-born JJ Hanrahan returns to the province after two seasons with Northampton Saints. The 24 year old has played on 30 occasions for the English club, lining out in the centre and at out-half.

There was further positive news with contract extensions for out-half Tyler Bleyendaal and for the home-grown talents of prop Dave Kilcoyne, the Scannell brothers, hooker Niall and centre Rory, scrumhalf Duncan Williams and winger Darren Sweetnam.

Kilcoyne will remain with the province until June 2020, while the others have signed extensions that will see them remain with the province until at least June 2019.

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